tcbiomassplus2019 Releases Conference Program

August 8, 2019
Des Plaines, IL

GTI is pleased to share the technical program for the sixth international conference on thermochemical biomass conversion science, tcbiomassplus2019, scheduled for October 7-9, 2019 in Rosemont, IL USA. The addition of plus to the tcbiomass conference name signifies the expansion of the event’s focus to the research areas of mixed waste conversion, RNG conversion, and hydrothermal liquefaction, in addition to the gasification, pyrolysis, and upgrading tracks that have been central to the conference since its inception.

The 2019 event theme, Real World Solutions Through Green Technology, helped to shape an international program that incorporates presenters from India, Denmark, Sweden, Korea, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with authors and co-authors also hailing from a host of other countries.

“This year’s program features an outstanding level of global representation, and an excellent slate of keynote speakers and technical presentations,” says Vann Bush, Conference Co-Chair and GTI’s Vice President of Technology Development and Commercialization.

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Keynote speakers include:
Robert M. Baldwin, Principal Scientist, NREL
Dr. Robert C. Brown, Director, Bioeconomy Institute, Iowa State University
Steve Csonka, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)
Dr. Alan Del Paggio, Business Manager IH2, Shell Catalysts & Technologies
Gerhard Muggen, Managing Director, BTG-BTL
Jim Spaeth, Chair, IEA Bioenergy


“We have seen a strong technical program at every tcbiomass conference so far, but this is the best group of abstracts we have ever received,” says Terry Marker, GTI’s Bioenergy Initiatives Manager and technical program chair.

The tcbiomassplus2019 Technical Committee has assembled an agenda that includes 62 oral presentations, divided into three plenary sessions, plus breakout sessions on upgrading, pyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, gasification, and mixed waste conversion. Poster presentations will also be on display, as well as a student poster contest offering cash prizes to winning students.

In addition, tcbiomassplus2019 will feature two panel discussions, highlighting expected trends in the world of bioenergy. One panel will focus on expected regulatory trends for biofuels and biomass conversion, while the other will center around commercial thermochemical biomass conversion trends.

Beyond the technical presentations, poster presentations, keynote speakers, and panels, tcbiomassplus2019 will offer a number of rich networking opportunities. A welcome reception will kick off the event on the evening of Sunday, October 6 in the Ventanas rotating bar which provides a panoramic view of the Chicago Skyline. On Tuesday, October 8, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the foods that made Chicago famous with a windy city-themed culinary experience, complete with live music and tours of several of GTI’s state-of-the-art energy laboratories.

Visit Rosemont—conveniently located minutes from O’Hare and Chicago—this fall and help accelerate the expansion and application of bioenergy. Registration is open, with discounts for companies sending multiple delegates as well as students. Visit, or contact

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